Easter Monday in Switzerland in 2020

Easter Monday in Switzerland in 2020
  How long until Easter Monday?
This holiday next takes place in 203 days.
  Dates of Easter Monday in Switzerland
2021 Apr 5
AargauMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
ValaisMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 5Regional Holiday
2020 Apr 13
AargauMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
ValaisMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 13Regional Holiday
2019 Apr 22
AargauMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
ValaisMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 22Regional Holiday
2018 Apr 2
AargauMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
ValaisMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 2Regional Holiday
2017 Apr 17
AargauMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Appenzell AusserrhodenMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Appenzell InnerrhodenMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Basel-LandschaftMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Basel-StadtMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
BernMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
FribourgMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
GenevaMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
GlarusMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
GraubündenMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
JuraMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
LucerneMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
NeuchâtelMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
NidwaldenMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
ObwaldenMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
SchaffhausenMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
SchwyzMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
SolothurnMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
St. GallenMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
ThurgauMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
UriMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
ValaisMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
VaudMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
ZugMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
ZurichMon, Apr 17Regional Holiday
Easter is probably the most important holiday of the Christian year, celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus
  Local name
  Easter Monday in other countries
Easter Monday internationally
  Which regions observe Easter Monday in 2020?
Aargau  AargauApr 13Regional Holiday
Appenzell Ausserrhoden  Appenzell AusserrhodenApr 13Regional Holiday
Appenzell Innerrhoden  Appenzell InnerrhodenApr 13Regional Holiday
Basel-Landschaft  Basel-LandschaftApr 13Regional Holiday
Basel-Stadt  Basel-StadtApr 13Regional Holiday
Bern  BernApr 13Regional Holiday
Fribourg  FribourgApr 13Regional Holiday
Geneva  GenevaApr 13Regional Holiday
Glarus  GlarusApr 13Regional Holiday
Graubünden  GraubündenApr 13Regional Holiday
Jura  JuraApr 13Regional Holiday
Lucerne  LucerneApr 13Regional Holiday
Neuchâtel  NeuchâtelApr 13Regional Holiday
Nidwalden  NidwaldenApr 13Regional Holiday
Obwalden  ObwaldenApr 13Regional Holiday
Schaffhausen  SchaffhausenApr 13Regional Holiday
Schwyz  SchwyzApr 13Regional Holiday
Solothurn  SolothurnApr 13Regional Holiday
St. Gallen  St. GallenApr 13Regional Holiday
Thurgau  ThurgauApr 13Regional Holiday
Uri  UriApr 13Regional Holiday
Valais  ValaisApr 13Regional Holiday
Vaud  VaudApr 13Regional Holiday
Zurich  ZurichApr 13Regional Holiday
Related holidays

When is Easter Monday?

Easter Monday is a Christian holiday celebrated the day after Easter Sunday.

Formerly, it was celebrated as Easter Week in many places but this was reduced to a one-day celebration in the 19th century.

In many countries in Europe and South America, this day is known as "Little Easter". The Catholic Church calls it "Monday of the Angel".

What is Easter?

Easter (also called Pascha) is generally accounted the most important holiday of the Christian year, observed in March or April each year to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead after his death by crucifixion (see Good Friday), which Christians believe happened at about this time of year, almost two thousand years ago. (Easter can also refer to the season of the church year, lasting for nearly two months, which follows this holiday and ends around Pentecost)

Orthodox Easter date

Orthodox churches such as the Greek church, base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, while other Christians use the Gregorian calendar.

Why is it called Easter?

The name Easter is derived from 'Ostara' or 'Eostre', a pagan goddess of fertility, whose feast was celebrated on the Vernal Equinox. The word East is also derived from her names, as is Oestrogen, the female hormone. In Saxon culture, the Hare was sacred to Ostara and the modern tradition of the Easter Bunny is a distant echo of that.

However, In most languages other than English and German, the holiday's name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover, a Jewish holiday to which the Christian Easter is intimately linked, as the Gospel of John states that the last supper took place during a specific part of the Passover traditions.

Easter, therefore, depends on Passover not only for much of its symbolic meaning but also for its position in the calendar.

Deciding on a date

The dates when Easter is celebrated varies from year to year. Why is this different from another Christian holiday, such as Christmas day, which is always on Dec 25th?

The problem is that the Gospels are pretty vague on the date of Easter. Matthew, Mark and Luke indicate one date, whereas John indicates a different date. Another factor is that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. To early Christians, his return for a second time was imminent, therefore they didn't worry too much about dates.

As the centuries passed, this lack of clarity around the date meant there was no standard date for Easter. For example by the late Third Century, if you travelled around Europe, you could celebrate Easter several times in the space of a few weeks. In Alexandria, Easter was always April 25th; in Rome, it was April 18th and in parts of Gaul, it was celebrated on March 21st. In fact, in parts of Celtic Britain, the crucifixion was commemorated on a Thursday instead of a Friday.

It was only after several attempts to set a standard date for Easter, that the formula of the Alexandrian Church was accepted as the correct way to determine the date. With this method and a passing nod to the method of calculating Passover, Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon whose 14th day is on or after the Vernal Equinox. (see for the accountants in the audience below for the exact formula)

The earliest date that Easter can be is March 22nd and the latest is April 25th.

Easter Eggs

Modern Easter celebrations revolve around eggs. They may be painted, rolled down hills or eaten if they are of the chocolate variety. The Christian tradition of an egg is an aid to represent rebirth and resurrection - new life being born from the egg. It's also been said that egg recalls the shape of the stone that rolled away on Easter Sunday form the tomb that held Jesus' body.

This egg tradition is almost certainly a distillation of a much older pagan custom celebrating spring. The ancient Persians celebrated their new year at the time of the vernal equinox by painting eggs.

Its adoption into the Christian traditions would have been quite seamless, as eggs are banned during the period of Lent preceding Easter - in fact in many households the last eggs before Easter would have been used to make Pancakes on Pancake Tuesday.

For the Accountants in the audience

how to calculate the date of Easter.

The rule is that Easter is the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after March 21. The lunar cycles used by the ecclesiastical system are simple to program. The following algorithm will compute the date of Easter in the Gregorian Calendar system.

The algorithm uses the year, y, to give the month, m, and day, d, of Easter. The symbol * means multiply.

Please note the following: This is an integer calculation. All variables are integers and all remainders from division are dropped.

c = y / 100 n = y - 19 * ( y / 19 ) k = ( c - 17 ) / 25 i = c - c / 4 - ( c - k ) / 3 + 19 * n + 15 i = i - 30 * ( i / 30 ) i = i - ( i / 28 ) * ( 1 - ( i / 28 ) * ( 29 / ( i + 1 ) ) * ( ( 21 - n ) / 11 ) ) j = y + y / 4 + i + 2 - c + c / 4 j = j - 7 * ( j / 7 ) l = i - j m = 3 + ( l + 40 ) / 44 d = l + 28 - 31 * ( m / 4 )

For example, using the year 2010,
n=2010 - 19 x (2010/19) = 15,
etc. resulting in Easter on April 4, 2010.

Did you know?

Three facts about Easter Monday

In America, after Halloween, Easter is the biggest candy-consuming holiday of the year.

The custom of giving eggs at this time of year was done by the Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, for all of whom the egg was a symbol of life.

The first chocolate Easter eggs were produced in 1873 by Fry's in England.

More facts about Easter Monday

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